Friday, May 29, 2015

Aged or Financially Strapped Indiana Masons In Need of Services

I received this message today from Brother John Solomon here in Indiana:

Hello Chris, wanted to let you know there is a small group of local professionals (plumber, electrician, carpenter, masons, etc.) that will do work for Indiana Master Masons that are otherwise unable due to age or fixed income issues. There is no charge for the service. Most are much too proud to ask for help and we understand that, but sometimes the helpers need a little help too. If you know or hear of anyone struggling please advise and we will take care of them.

Contact him at: hiramshelpers at gmail.com 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

French Freemasonry in English

Brother Laurent Jaunaux writes an excellent blogsite on French Freemasonry, http://www.frenchfreemasonry.org, in English so us Yanks and Brits can more easily navigate the rocky shoals of French Freemasonry's confusing array of grand lodges and Masonic activity. I highly recommend it. It hasn't been updated in a while, but you'll get loads of information.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jim Dillman at Quinta Essentia Lodge in New Haven, CT

WBro. James Dillman from Indianapolis is speaking Saturday evening, May 16th at Quinta Essentia Lodge 500 in New Haven, Connecticut. They are holding a formal Festive Board and it should be a wonderful and informative evening. Anyone interested should contact the lodge Secretary for further information.



Jim is the President of the Masonic Society and a well regarded Indiana Mason. He is the director of ceremonies for Levant Preceptory, the period dress Knight Templar group based out of Raper Commaandery in Indianapolis. He is the Past President for eight years of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board. He is the recipient of the rare Order of Service to Masonry by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, which is not always given. It is not a simple back pat from the Grand Lodge, but an award given for rare dedication to the fraternity. This was in 2008. So it should be an outstanding evening.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Indiana Brethren, We Need Your Help!

CALLING ALL INDIANA BRETHREN!

My wife and Alice I will be working on the sequel to Dwight L. Smith's 1967 book Goodly Heritage, and we will need all the help we can muster. I need as many of you as possible to submit to me a history of the last 50 years of your local lodge: whether you sold your building, how much did your membership increase or decrease, did you merge, any important events, that kind of thing. Send it in Word format to hodapp@aol.com and tell me all you can. I desperately need your help!

Many thanks in advance.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

SRICF (Rosicrucians) Annual Meeting in Louisville, Nov. 6-7, 2015 Reservations


Registration for the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foedereratis (SRICF) 2015 meeting in Louisville November 6-7 is now open. Go here for a link to the form and the ability to pay via Paypal and credit cards.

The Royal Society of Knights Occidental will hold their Annual Convivial on Friday evening, November 6, and the High Council of the Rosicrucians will have activities all day on November 7, 2015, with the Annual Banquet with a guest speaker that evening.

For hotel reservations at the famous Brown Hotel, go to their website at www.brownhotel.com. Those who miss the elegance of the Hotel Washington in DC will love this hotel. Room rates are $129 with free shuttle service to and from the airport and a special parking rate if you are driving. Make your reservations with the hotel directly by following the link or call 888-888-5252 and tell them you are with the SRICF to receive the special rate.

SCRICF events will begin Friday at 1:00PM, and guest speakers will include RW Fratre Robert Gilbert, IX Degree from the SRIA, who is a renowned speaker on Rosicrucianism, and a video presentation by Christopher MacIntosh, author of several Rosicrucian publications. Grades of the First Order will be presented by the Kentucky College, and RW Fratre Steve Burkle will be hosting an Alchemical Laboratory. The XIII and IX Degrees will be conferred on Friday evening.

There will also be an extensive Ladies Program and dinner.

For more information, contact Franklin C. Boner, Secretary General, SB 46 N 4th Street, Newark, Ohio, Phone 740-345-0828, Email scricfofusa@windstream.net.

Meal/Event Reservation Form Click Here.

Monday, May 04, 2015

A "Masonic Police Department"?



Three people (two men, one woman) are in hot water for impersonating police officers by creating a "Masonic Fraternal Police Department" in Santa Clarita, California. From the website of KHTS AM in Santa Clarita:

County prosecutors filed a complaint against three men sought by Sheriff’s Department officials last week in connection with charges they organized a fake police department and pretended to be officers. 
The court documents accuse three men — David Inkk Henry, aka Rudolph Rusell, 46; Tonette Denise Hayes, 58; and Brandon Kiel, 31 — with charges that include perjury by declaration for calling the “Masonic Fraternal Police Department” a state agency, and impersonating a police officer. 
The allegations stretch back to January, and allege that the three men introduced themselves, in a uniform, as their own police agency, which is against the law.
The investigation is being handled by the Emergency Operations Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department, which released few details, citing “an ongoing investigation.”
Santa Clarita Valley deputies made three arrests Thursday, when a search warrant was served at a Canyon Country home on Linda Vista Drive, and at least two men were charged with impersonating a police officer. 
A website for the group lists the following information:“The Masonic Fraternal Organization is the oldest and most respected organization in the “World.” Grand Masters around the various states are facing serious safety concerns for their Jurisdictions and their family members. The first Police Department was created by the “Knights Templar’s” back in 1100 B.C.” 
A website identifies the group’s “chief of police” as “Chief Henry.”The group’s website also claims to have deeper roots than “other police departments,” because it was “here first.” The organization’s page claims to have a headquarters in Beverly Hills. A call to an 818 number listed there was not answered. 
Henry could face six charges: three counts of perjury pertaining to alleged claims over the fictitious police department, and three counts of impersonating an officer. 
Hayes and Kiel could face six charges, with  five counts of impersonating an officer, and another count citing unlawful use of identity. 
All three were released on various bail amounts and due back in court to answer to the charges.

The group's website contains little information other than this:

The Masonic Fraternal Organization is the oldest and most respected organization in the “World.” Grand Masters around the various states are facing serious safety concerns for their Jurisdictions and their family members. The first Police Department was created by the "Knights Templar's" back in 1100 B.C. 
The Masonic Fraternal Police Department, (M.F.P.D.) is the Knights Templar's!
When asked what is the difference between The Masonic Fraternal Police Department and other Police Departments the answer is simple for us. We were here first! We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper then an application. This is more then a job it is an obligation.
The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) is a Masonic Sovereign Jurisdiction (Municipality) located within the incorporated City of Santa Clarita, California. The Chief of Police is Honorable Grand Master David Henry 33º was elected and is Governed by a Grand Supreme Council, and 33 Masonic Jurisdictions. He currently oversees a 1/2 Million members throughout the United States.
We are not “Sovereign Citizens’ nor do we condone terrorist activity, sovereign citizens or clandestine! 
The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) provides services to Masonic Sovereign Grand Masters and their Masonic Jurisdictions, as well as other Fraternities, Sororities and Greek Organizations. Masonic Fraternal Police Department will be located in 33 other states, including Mexico City. We support all law enforcement agencies. Our mission is to preserve the integrity, honor and legacy of our Founding Fathers, Masonic Organizations, all Grand Masters and their Constitution /By Laws. We will uphold our sworn obligation to protect Sovereign Grand Masters and their jurisdictions. 

When asked what is the difference between The Masonic Fraternal Police Department and other Police Departments the answer is simple for us. We were here first! We are born into this Organization our bloodlines go deeper then an application. This is more then a job it is an obligation.

The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) is a Masonic Sovereign Jurisdiction (Municipality) located within the incorporated City of Santa Clarita, California. The Chief of Police is Honorable Grand Master David Henry 33º was elected and is Governed by a Grand Supreme Council, and 33 Masonic Jurisdictions. He currently oversees a 1/2 Million members throughout the United States.

We are not “Sovereign Citizens’ nor do we condone terrorist activity, sovereign citizens or clandestine!

The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) provides services to Masonic Sovereign Grand Masters and their Masonic Jurisdictions, as well as other Fraternities, Sororities and Greek Organizations. Masonic Fraternal Police Department will be located in 33 other states, including Mexico City. We support all law enforcement agencies. Our mission is to preserve the integrity, honor and legacy of our Founding Fathers, Masonic Organizations, all Grand Masters and their Constitution /By Laws. We will uphold our sworn obligation to protect Sovereign Grand Masters and their jurisdictions.

The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) is a Masonic Sovereign Jurisdiction (Municipality) located within the incorporated City of Santa Clarita, California. The Chief of Police is Honorable Grand Master David Henry 33º was elected and is Governed by a Grand Supreme Council, and 33 Masonic Jurisdictions. He currently oversees a 1/2 Million members throughout the United States.

We are not “Sovereign Citizens’ nor do we condone terrorist activity, sovereign citizens or clandestine!

The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) provides services to Masonic Sovereign Grand Masters and their Masonic Jurisdictions, as well as other Fraternities, Sororities and Greek Organizations. Masonic Fraternal Police Department will be located in 33 other states, including Mexico City. We support all law enforcement agencies. Our mission is to preserve the integrity, honor and legacy of our Founding Fathers, Masonic Organizations, all Grand Masters and their Constitution /By Laws. We will uphold our sworn obligation to protect Sovereign Grand Masters and their jurisdictions.

We are not “Sovereign Citizens’ nor do we condone terrorist activity, sovereign citizens or clandestine! 
The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) provides services to Masonic Sovereign Grand Masters and their Masonic Jurisdictions, as well as other Fraternities, Sororities and Greek Organizations. Masonic Fraternal Police Department will be located in 33 other states, including Mexico City. We support all law enforcement agencies. Our mission is to preserve the integrity, honor and legacy of our Founding Fathers, Masonic Organizations, all Grand Masters and their Constitution /By Laws. We will uphold our sworn obligation to protect Sovereign Grand Masters and their jurisdictions.
God Bless the United States of America!!!!! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Ritual of the Modern Order of the Essenes": What Is It?

A Brother came up to me last night at Lodge Vitruvian's Festive Board with a copy of "Ritual of the Modern Order of the Essenes" by M. Wolcott Redding, which he was amazed that he could read, and wanted to know who the 'Modern Order of the Essesnes' were. I've been asked this question several times over the years. This was an exposure or ritual aid of the Masonic ritual, first published in 1870, and contains the words of the degrees in plain English, with mysterious symbols for key words and actions, like rapping the gavel, knocks, etc. It was published under that name to hide it from the public and avoid criticism by the Masons themselves.

Masonic exposures have been around almost since the beginning of the Premiere Grand Lodge in England in 1717. If they were published out of spite or a desire to weaken the fraternity, it would have happened a long time ago, instead of growing to five million brethren the world over. Most of these books became popular from Masons themselves buying them to help them learn the ritual, and not from a herd of curious onlookers or anti-Masons storming the doors of lodges pretending to be Masons from something they read in an exposure.

For a list of the many exposures published over the years, Gary Dryfoos has it on his website, "A Page About Freemasonry. Click here to see it.

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UPDATE: I got this message from Jeff Croteau at the Scottish Rite NMJ Museum about disguised ciphers:

Chris,
Nice post on the Essenes ciphers. Some of these ciphers had hilariously and intentionally misleading title pages. I’ve written about three of them on the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library’s blog. I include links here in case they’re of interest:




I hope all’s well.

Best,

Jeff

Jeffrey Croteau
Manager of Library & Archives
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library

33 Marrett Road | Lexington, MA 02421

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Large Masonic Collection on Ebay This Week, Hobart, Indiana

A man in Hobart, Indiana is selling his extensive Masonic collection on Ebay, and the current price is just $800.

Click here to see it.

The auction ends in six days, and the buyer has to pick it up.

Here is his list:

Greetings:
Today I am selling my entire masonic & Shrine Collection. I have been collecting for over 15 years and have acquired a lot of old and rare one of a kind items related to freemasonry and the shrine. Ebay only allows 12 photos so I did the best I could do at grouping them for photographs. Below is a list of all that will be in the Lot and I do know much more about a lot of the items, but it will be too long to list. Some items are not pictured.
4- masonic swords
3- belts
1- Scottish rite sash
1- masonic alter 1920s??
1- large bible 1960s??
1- masonic worshipful masters chair 1866
1- scythe
1- treasures desk 1880s
1- engraved Robert burns 21x30 picture
1- 1925 Scottish rite class photo
1- 1908 Scottish rite class photo
1- 11x14 masonic presidents photo
1- framed fathers lodge poem 1947
1- 1955 masonic plate
1- green masonic ashtray
9- shrine fez's
1- fez case
5- decanters
1- masonic door handle
1- stewards jewel
1- masonic trowel
1- commemorative medallion
2- masonic pillows
1- masonic ballot box
1- york rite hat with case
1- arch box missing pieces
5- masonic/york rite wall mounts??
3 sets bookend holders
7- glassware/ flask shrine, masonic, and york rite  dating from 1898 to 1908??
1- shrine ashtray 1963
1- decorative paper weight
2- door knockers 
1- medal masonic ashtray 
1- world war I or world war II winchester trench artwork with shell with masonic symbols
1- decoupage old bowl 
1- 1974 ashtray
miscellaneous jewels and coins
1- tylers jewel
1- masonic pocket watch
1- decorative wall plate??
3- wood gavels 
3- medal wall plaques 
1- set york rite gloves
1- lamb skin apron
1- medal masonic stamp dispenser
books: secret society a history, history of the knights templars, the knights templar and their myth, the secret history of free masonry, the little book of freemasonry, the secret founding of america, robert burns selected poems, mackey's symbolism of freemasonry 1946, lexicon of freemasonry 1914, 1965 ahiman rezon 5965, history of the scottish rite valley of indianapolis 1924, morals of dogma 1921, the little book of the holy grail, the lost keys of freemasonry 1942, masonic symbols in american decorative arts 1976, the first crusade a new history, poetry of freemasonry 1895, miscellaneous pamphlets and catalogs

If there are any questions I will answer the best I can. This is for pick up only, Hobart IN. Winner will need to bring boxes and packing material for glassware. Items are located in a basement and I will be able to help lift large items. This is my personal collection and will not separate out for single purchase items.

Thank You

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New GLofPa Video Tour of Their Temple


The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has put up a new video tour of their magnificent Temple in Philadelphia. Click the image above to view the YouTube.

H/T to Seth Anthony.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New French Novel, Translated Into English, About Freemasons

A new book is on the way from two French authors, translated into English, one of whom is a French Freemason.

From PRWeb.com:

In France, Giacometti and Ravenne, said together in one breath, is synonymous with adrenaline-pumping Freemason thrillers/police procedurals that spend months on the top of the charts every time they come out. The authors Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne have written nine to date, sold over 2 million copies of the series in seventeen different languages, and, rumor has it, are currently holed up somewhere in the French countryside working on the next one.
They recently made their debut on the US market with a very successful title called Shadow Ritual, published by Le French Book. Number 1 bestselling author Douglas Preston called the book, "Phenomenal." Kirkus Reviews says the series has "abundant visceral appeal." Reading Reality gave it "Escape Rating A," while Shelf Awareness specifies, “The plot and pacing of a thriller, but the meticulous attention to historical detail sets it apart.”
The series
The series focuses on a Paris police detective named Antoine Marcas. This character stemmed from long arguments the two authors, friends since they were teenagers, kept having. Eric Giacometti, a reporter, had investigated corruption scandals linked to Freemasons on the French Riviera, while Jacques Ravenne, as a master mason, couldn’t understand why the media was so fierce in its attacks against freemasonry. He felt it was unfair and simplistic. From these often-heated discussions, they created a Freemason cop who is proud of his ideals and values, but aware of the pitfalls of the brotherhood.
The novels give readers an inside view of the brotherhood’s real codes and rituals, and these are genuine and accurate because Jacques Ravenne is a Freemason. He is also a historian. In Shadow Ritual, the plot was inspired by an incredible, yet true story: that of the French Freemason archives stolen by the Nazis in 1940. In 1945, the Russians recovered them in Germany and sent them to KGB headquarters in Moscow, where they remained until 2000, when they were finally returned to France.
The books are called "esoteric mysteries" for fans of Dan Brown, but they are also for fans of, among others, early Robert Ludlum thrillers, and anyone interested in a good story and history. In Shadow Ritual, readers won’t find a single Templar shield, an Illuminati hood, or a descendant of Jesus. Rather, readers discover the esoteric side of Nazism, and the persecutions against Freemasons in Occupied France, by both Nazis and the Vichy government.
There's a lot of fact mixed in with the fiction, and as a bonus the authors provide exclusive content here, revealing Freemason secrets and more.
What's next
Encouraged by the initial sales of Shadow Ritual, Le French Book is busy working on translating another book in the series, which is scheduled to come out in English in early 2016. It holds stories of alchemy and information from unpublished documents about the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower that the authors uncovered in the Freemason Library at the Grand Orient of France headquarters in Paris.

Old Master's Scotch To Return To US

I got this message today from Brother Jared Card about Old Master's scotch:

"If you remember the OLD MASTERS SCOTCH that I was representing a few years ago, it has since disappeared from the USA. I now work as a district manager for Impex Beverages, Inc. and we are scotch importers. I am working with my boss to try and bring the OLD MASTERS SCOTCH back into the USA. With the previous importer that I dealt with for this product, there wasn't a large distribution and availability. Impex is in over 40 states and has a large distribution network. If we import the OLD MASTERS, it will be everywhere…"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MRF Symposium 8/21-23/15 in Philadelphia

The 6th Annual Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium (August 21-23, 2015) is now prepared to accept registrations. This year's event will be held in the fabulous Philadelphia Masonic Temple. 

The speakers featured this year will include WB Oscar Alleyne, WB Robert Herd, WB Andrew Hammer, Bro. Ryan Flynn, WB Shawn Eyer, WB Moises Gomez, RW Dan Hrinko, WB Jay Hochberg and Bro. Brian Skoff.

A block of rooms have been reserved for the MRF at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown at a rate of $129 a night. Reservations may be made by calling 215-496-3200 and asking for the "Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium" rate.


Registration information can be found at http://www.masonicrestorationfoundation.org/symposium2015/index.html


The event will begin with an authentic English-styled Festive Board held in the Grand Banquet Hall on Friday evening, conducted by the brethren of Fiat Lux Lodge No. 1717, an English Emulation Lodge chartered under the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, and featuring comments from our Keynote Speaker, Robert Herd. Along with our usual lineup of interesting speakers, brothers will have the opportunity to see an Entered Apprentice degree using the unique Pennsylvania ritual, conferred by Fritz Lodge No. 308, the host lodge for the Symposium. 


The cost for this event will be $110 (non-refundable) and it is open to all Master Masons (dues cards will be checked). Deadline for registration will be 31 July, 2015. For more information, check the MRF Symposium website, or contact Bro. Brian Skoff, Symposium Organizer, e-mail: brskoff(at)gmail.com

FMFD Product Placement


Thanks to Joe Milner for pointing out this photo from the Melbourne, Australia International Comedy Festival. I never would have spotted it. They also had a guy dressed up as the Grand Master. No doubt rolling up his trouser leg and having a good guffaw.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Harold Davidson, Librarian of the Philalethes, Dies



Brother Harold Davidson, the longtime Librarian for the Philalethes Society, passed away yesterday. Brother Ed Halpaus, President of the Philalethes, posted this moving tribute to him on Facebook. If you are not a member of Facebook, here is the complete post:


It was with great sadness that we learned today (April 13, 2015) of the passing of our good Brother Harold Davidson, FPS. Harold passed to the Celestial lodge above on Friday, April 10th.
I met Brother Harold Davidson soon after I became a member of The Philalethes Society a long time ago. He was a good friend, and one of the best people one could hope to have in his life. I will miss him and our phone conversations.
Brother Harold was the only librarian The Philalethes Society has had. He served as our Librarian for over 30 years. If I remember correctly he mentioned to me that Brother Allen Roberts asked him to be the Librarian when Harold was about 53 years old - he had been doing the job for about 3 years, before the office was created to make him the Librarian. Harold passed at age 86, so that is a long time to serve the members of our society, and he did serve all of us willingly and capably.

I spoke with Brother Harold’s son Scott today, and he told me that his Dad was very proud to be the librarian of The Philalethes, and was also extremely proud that he was elected a Fellow of The Philalethes.
Anyone who ever contacted Harold with questions relating to Masonic Research knew in short order that he had a friend in Harold Davidson (Brother Dave, as his email address said.) I once, as he answered the phone, said ‘hi, Brother Dave’ and then started to apologize for not calling him Harold. I could almost see his smile as he said that’s O.K. I’ve been called Dave since I was a kid, and Brother Dave since I was made Mason.
Brother Harold Davidson began the Billings Masonic Library soon after he retired as a professor of library science, and he was one of the best people one could hope to deal with on used Masonic Books; and when a Mason needed help with research Harold was not only eager to help, he was extremely capable. He would search his memory and his library to find the information needed, he would photocopy it and mail it to the Brother with no charge for postage or copying. As far as I’m concerned Harold was a Mason’s Mason - he was the kind of friend we all hope to be and hope to have.
I will miss him, but I’m not the only one. He will be greatly missed by his family of course, but he will be missed by Masons throughout Montana, and by countless Masons worldwide.
Ed Halpaus
President, The Philalethes Society

There is also an obituary here:  http://www.michelottisawyers.com/harold-l-davidson/ .

Friday, April 10, 2015

Albert Hudson Royds and St. Edmunds Masonic Church


Freemasonry Today has a brief article about Albert Hudson Royds, the Freemason behind St. Edmund's Church in Rochdale, England, the only known church anywhere dedicated to Freemasonry. The architectural details (look at the lectern) contain much true Masonic symbolism, unlike Rosslyn cathedral. The church has been closed for several years and is in a Muslim community now, so it is endangered. It may not be around long, even though it has been listed as an historical place. There is a fund to save the church at: http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/SaveStEdmunds/.

To see the article, click here.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Spirit of Freemasonry at Appomattox Court House Today 4/9/15


Today, April 9th, 2015, the regular communication of Hiram-Takoma Lodge No. 10 in Washington, DC will feature a program commemorating the sesquicentenary of the end of the U.S. Civil War presented by RW Paul Bessel, "The Spirit of Freemasonry ay Appomattox Courthouse."  

6:30 PM - Dinner (all are welcome)
7:30 PM - Lodge (Masons only)
8:00 PM - (approximately) Program OPEN to ladies and non-Masons.

April 9, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the day that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War.


Stories, some true and some apocryphal, about how some Freemasons on both sides of the Civil War acted at the end of the conflict to try to bring about peaceful reconciliation. It will include how the armies came to be at Appomattox Court House and focus on the special roles played by Union General and Brother (in one day) Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Confederate General and Brother (maybe) John B. Gordon.

A reception to follow the program in the refectory. 


The address is 115 Carroll Street NW Washington, DC.

Please RSVP to Bud.Michels@gmail.com to ensure sufficient amount of refreshment.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Mark Tabbert at Missouri Lodge of Research 5/16/15



WBro. Mark Tabbert will be the 2015 Truman Lecturer for the Missouri Lodge of Research on Saturday, May 16th. His topic will be "George Washington: Recent Masonic Discoveries." Mark is the  Director of Collections for the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, and the author of the book American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities, among several other books.

Tickets are available now at Eventbrite for $30, and includes lunch. Click here. Seating is limited, and access to the event is by reservation only. Proceeds benefit the Lodge of Research.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Lexington (KY) Lodge No. 1 Masonic History & Study Group


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The legend of Hiram is one of the most impressive allegorical dramas of all time and is the heart of the three degrees. The legend is supposed to each us specific Masonic lessons. But what are they?

Join the Craftsman History & Study Group on April 23rd in Lexington, Kentucky for a presentation entitled "The Invention of the Legend of the Temple, Hiram Abiff and the Ruffians" at Lexington Lodge No. 1, at 7:00PM. No meal will be served. Due to the topic of the meeting, only Master Masons may attend.

For more information, contact The Craftsman at this link.

The Masonic History and Study Group was formed in 2011. The Lodge is located at 3112 Harrodsburg Road next to Fire Station #20-  It is a modern, one level facility with ample parkingLexington Lodge and The Craftsman's Education Program instituted in 2011.  The group provides an interactive experience and discussion forum regarding both historical and present-day Masonic events and trends within the Fraternity. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, Paris, May 29-30, 2015

The Policy Studies Organization is sponsoring the World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, May 29-30, 2015. The conference will be held biennially in Paris, and hopes to open new doors while promoting multilingual and multicultural scholarship in areas such as, the relations between such Masonic-related subjects as the Companionnage, guilds, friendly societies, and Greek fraternities.

Convened by the journal Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, in cooperation with the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, the first World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, focuses on the study of ritual, secrecy, and civil society vis-à-vis the dynamics of Masonic scholarship around the world. The conference explores how civil society, secrecy, and ritual have been important elements during different episodes of local and world histories, and indeed still are. The WCFFH 2015 is a part of the Policy Studies Organization's support of research into social capital, civility, and the role of non governmental organizations in democracy.

All papers accepted presented will be published by Westphalia Press in three collections: Vital Masonic Scholarship in the 21st CenturyNew Research in Secret Societies, and European Scholarship in Secrecy and Ritualism, and will be available in-print and electronically.

In order to make possible the attendance of all interested parties, the sponsors have agreed that there will be no registration fee for the 2015 conference and complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided for those in attendanceThis owes much to the great support of the Bibliothèque Nationale in being such a generous host. One of the world's extraordinary libraries with a remarkable Masonic collection, it is well worth exploring while you are in Paris. And although there is no registration fee, it is imperative that all attendees and participants still register, so that we may facilitate the proper arrangements and accommodations. Early inquiry is appreciated in regards to special requests for hearing enhancement, physically challenged access, child care, or other potential needs of our guests. 

Register Here

Click here for more details of the Conference.



Committee on the Francken Documents: All Day Sessions at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet
A workshop organized by invitation, to view and analyze developments with the Francken Manuscripts and other eighteenth century original documents, will be held at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet, directly preceding the conference.The workshop will present and discuss a special exhibit of materials not previously on public display. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot... 
4:00 PM Thursday 4pm- Viewing and reception for the Francken Documents at the Museum of Freemasonry (http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/Francken-Manuscript.html)
*Thursday 8:30 PM The French premiere of "Golem", Théâtre des Abbesses, tickets available here. See the discussion, Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon athttp://freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/pentagram/golem.html
*All Day Attraction, Early arrivals might consider the several hundred antiquarian bookshops and the unusual flea markets with various manuscripts and books. The Seine-side booksellers with their familiar green metal display cases will be open in force.http://goparis.about.com/od/shopping/tp/Best-Bookshops-In-Paris.htm
Day One: Friday- May 29, 2015- Taking Stock
9:00AM Coffee in the Foyer
9:30 - 10:00 AM Welcome- Grand Auditorium 
Guillermo De los Reyes, (Conference Chair), Jean-Loup Graton, (Bibliothèque Nationale), Pierre Mollier, (Editor- Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society)
10:00 - 10:45 AM Keynote Address- Grand Auditorium 
Margaret C. Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History, University California of Los Angeles- Civil Society in an Uncivil Age: An Agenda for Freemasonry, Past and Present
Introduced by: Paul J. Rich, President, Policy Studies Organization
10:45 - 11:30 AM Special Instrumental Presentation- http://mvmm.org
Special session chaired by: Charles Bonaparte
400 Years of Masonic Music- Special Instrumental Presentation
Mozart actually wrote for a unique instrument called the basset horn, absent from recitals of Masonic music for 200 years. Music historian, Gille Thorne, has restored the proper place of the basset and will share his adventures.
11:30-11:45 AM Coffee in the Foyer

11:45AM - 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions
Salon One: Unresolved Historical Inquiries
John Belton and Count Alessandro Cagliostro, Problems in Masonic Bibliography
Samuel Biagetti, Freemasonry - The Missing Link Between Jacobitism and the American Revolution?
Zhenya Gershman, Rembrandt's Secret
Jeffrey Kantor, In the Footsteps of Freemasonry in the Holy Land King Solomon, the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and Masonic Sites in the Holy Land
Salon Two: French Resources on Fraternalism
Panel Session
Sylvie Bourel, François Rognon, Francis Delon, Françoise Moreillon, Pierre Mollier- Masonic Archives in France  (presented in French with translation)
Salon Three: Issues of Gender and Universalism
Chair and Commentator: David Merchant

Aimee E. Newell, American Female Makers of Masonic and Fraternal Regalia


Ineke Huysman, L'Ordre de l'Union de la Joye- A Women's Order in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age


Joachim Berger, 'Universal freemasonry' and Transnational Masonic Movements (c. 1870–1930)
László Vári, The Curious Case of Helene Hadik-Barkóczy with the Freemasons

1:00 - 2:15 PM Break for Lunch 
Screening of the BBC's Inspector Morse, Masonic Mysteries, Season 4, Episode 4 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0611646/)
Moderator: Guillermo Izabal
2:15 - 3:00 PM Plenary Address
John Cooper, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, Past President of the North American Conference of Grand Masters- Into the Maelstrom: The Issue of Masonic Regularity, Past and Present

Chair: Guillermo De Los Reyes

Commentator: Alain Bauer
3:00 - 3:30 PM TBA
3:30 - 3:45 PM Coffee in the Foyer
3:45- 5:15 PM Salon Breakout Sessions
Salon One: Material Evidence of the Ethereal
Chair and Commentaor: Martin Kanter 
The Masonic Collections of the The Bibliothèque Nationale
François Gruson, The Masonic Temple Between Universal Model and Cultural Tropisms
Dominique Sappia and Herve Hoint-Lecoq, Jewels, Ornaments, Lights and Furnitures, a Historical and Statistical Study Through Time and Countries : Appearance of the Movable and Immovable Jewels (1696-1801)
Hilary Anderson Stelling, Commanding Elegance: The Decoration and Furnishing of Masonic Lodges in New England, 1790-1830
Salon Two: Ancient Ideas in the New World
Chair and Commentator: Terry McCammon

J. Scott Kenney, Contemporary Canadian Freemasonry: Social Dynamics and Possible Futures
Adam Kendall, Pilgrimage and Procession: The 1883 Knights Templar Triennial Conclave and the Dream of the American West
Olga Romero Mestas, Freemasonry, Secret Societies and Civil Society in Cuban Independence
Oscar Alleyne, A Contemporary Look at the Various Forms of Freemasonry among African-Americans in the United States
Salon Three: In Far Places
Emanuela Locci, The Impact of European Freemasonry on Turkish Civil Society
Demetrio Xoccato, A Masonic pretender to the Hungarian throne: François Claude Auguste de Crouy-Chanel
László Vári, Ferenc Pulszky's Masonic Periods
Martin Javor, Orpheus, Mährische Magazin and Prager Gelehrte Nachrichten – Masonry Magazines in Central Europe in the 18th Century
End Day One
*7:30 PM The Magic Flute, performed by the Paris Opera- Tickets with English notes available here 
Day Two: Saturday- May 30, 2015- Setting Agendas
9:00 AM Coffee in Foyer
9:30 - 10:15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions
Salon One: *Special Presentation 9:30- 11:15 AM* - Audutorium
Jean-Michel Mathonière,Savoirs et emblèmes du savoir chez les compagnons tailleurs de pierre à la fin de l'Ancien Régime / Compagnonnage: Knowledge and Symbols of Knowledge Among Stone Cutters at the End of the Ancien Régime
(Presented with English Translation) 
Chair: Margaret Jacobs
Salon Two: Lodge Quatour Coronati- Panel Session
Brent Morris, Gordon Davie, Yasha Beresiner, and John Belton- Masonic Research by Mason and Non-Masons: Can Ever the Twain Meet?
Salon Three: Roots and Branches
Marcus Patka, Austrian Freemasonry and Gunter Kodek
Joi Grieg, The Mystic Tie- Inclusionary and Exclusionary Language Usage in North America
Yasha Beresiner, Medieval Guilds of the City of London and their Later Influence on Freemasonry
Piroska Balogh, The Constitution and Operation of the Draskovics Observance
10:15 - 11: 15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions
Salon One*Special Presenation 9:30- 11:15 AM* - Auditorium
Jean-Michel Mathonière, Savoirs et emblèmes du savoir chez les compagnons tailleurs de pierre à la fin de l'Ancien Régime / Compagnonnage: Knowledge and Symbols of Knowledge Among Stone Cutters at the End of the Ancien Régime
(Presented with English Translation)
Chair: Margaret Jacobs
Salon Two: Fraternalism Midst Hostility and Challenge
Chair and Commentator: Guillermo Izabal, Royal Arch No. 2
Neil Wynes Morse, Some Masonic Activities in the Australian Military During WWI
David H. Lewis, Freemasonry Under the Nazis
Adam Kendall, Writing History with Lightning: American Nativism, the Ku Klux Klan & the Fraternal Press in the 1920s
Aslak Postad, Anti-masonic trends in Norway 1869 - 2015
Salon Three: Origins of Fraternal Wisdom
Chair and Commentator: Goncalo Amaral
Josef Wäges and Reinhard Markner, The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati
Philip Carter, That Which Was Lost- The Third Pillar
Karen Kidd, Evolution of Co-Masonic Blue Lodge Ritual
David Merchant, A 19th Century Mexican Masonic Novel as a Vehicle of Liberalism
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions 
Salon One: TBA
Salon Two: Brothers Abroad
Chair and Commentator: Guillermo De Los Reyes
Naama Klar, Freemasonry and the Roots of Liberal International Trade: The Enlightenment and the Transatlantic Network in the 18th Century
Brian Rountree, Prairie Charity: Masonic Benevolence in late Nineteenth Century Manitoba
Ralf Bernd Herden, The Grand-Duchy of Baden 1780-1820: State, Politics and Masonry
Lori Lee Oates, Edward Bulwer‐Lytton and the Globalization of Fringe Masonic Philosophies in the Nineteenth Century
Salon Three: 
Philip Ice, Wallace Boston, Karan Powell, Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval, Paul Rich, Margaret Jacob and Count Alessandro Cagliostro- Taking the Conference to the World: Our Work and Teaching, Publishing, and Surviving the Internet Revolution: New Realities for Fraternal Studies
1:00 - 2:30 PM Break for Lunch Screening, the 1943 Nazi anti-Masonic movie, Forces Occultes (Hidden Froces), original uncut version, with English subtitles (http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/fiction/cinema.html)
Moderator: Guillermo Izabal
2:30 - 4:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions
Salon One: Evolution of the Fraternal Metaphors
Chair and Commentator: Rex Kallembach
John Acaster, The Voyage from Corruption to Harmony: Fresh Insights Into the Inspiration of Noah and 'the primitive' Within Freemasonry
Klaus-Jürgen Grün, Development of Humanitarian Freemasonry since Anderson's Constitutions
Giulia Delogu, Reshaping Virtue: the Case of Eighteenth-Century French and Italian Masonic Poetry
Andreas Önnerfors, Unveiling the Copiale-manuscript: layers of fraternalism, ritual and politics in eighteenth century Germany
Salon Two: The Bordeaux Vintage

Panel Session

Roger Dachez, Louis Trébuchet, Jacques Simon, Pierre Mollier, The French Sources of the"Scottish" Degrees 
Salon Three: Masonic Biography
Chair and Commentator: Luis-Jose Meja
Simon Mayers, Dudley Wright: His Early 'Truth-Seeking' Years (1906-1916)
Casey D. Stanislaw, Santa Anna, the Mason
Maria Danova, The Master's Mask: Richard Wagner & Freemasonry
4:00 PM Closing Plenary Session
Brent Morris, Emperors, Princes, and the Francken Mysteries: What Paris Has Revealed- Report on the Conference Special Committee on the Francken Documents
End Day Two
6:00 PM Farewell Reception at the Museum of Freemasonry
7:30 PM Les Enfants du Paradis (Ballet l'Opera de national de Paris) exploring illusion and reality in the provocative production by Jose Martinez https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/saison-2014-2015/ballet/les-enfants-du-paradis-jose-martinez?genre=2
8:30 PM Music Festival, the famous music festival in the quarter Saint Germain will be at its height on Saturday evening: http://festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com/the-festival/
Sunday- May 31, 2015
~~Informal walking tour of local Masonic sites and architecture led by François Gruson (details forthcoming)~~
A Sunday brunch will be hosted by Professors Guillermo de los Reyes and Paul Rich, for discussion and suggestions about the May 2017 World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History.  Contact Whitney Shepard if interested.
A self-guided tour of locations and curiosities from Dan Bown's novel, The Da Vinci Code is easily put together using the site http://www.da-vinci-code-paris.com
The Catacombs extend for more than 150 miles under Paris with much of fraternal and ritualistic interest. For the museum and tours see: http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en/homepage-catacombs-official-website
Fortuitously, an antiquarian book and manuscript flea market, Le Marche du Livre Ancien, convenes Sundays at the Parc Georges Brassens, rue Brancion, 15th arr, Porte de Vanves metro, 9-6 pm. The adjacent park include interesting sculpture, a marionette theatre and a beekeeping school.